Kingspan makes standard easy

Published:  17 September, 2009

AYLESBURY: Kingspan Water has been involved in the drafting of the BS 8515:2009 rainwater harvesting standard. With the aim of making it easier to understand, the company has published a guide to the standard on its website.

According to the guide, BS 8515:2009 "sets standards for the design, installation, quality of water, maintenance, and risk management of rainwater harvesting systems for both new-build projects and retro-fitted systems.

"The standard covers the storage tank, whether located above or below ground. They must be watertight, avoid stagnation, resist microbial growth and be sited so as not to create an environment suitable for the growth of Legionella.

"Below ground installations should be suitable for the relevant traffic loadings and be flotation resistant. Above ground tanks should be insulated to prevent heating and freezing of the collected water.

"The design of system components and the use of waterbutts are not included."

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